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Nation 19 May 2019 | 12:00 AM

Pricey problems with medicine

A global ‘war’ on exorbitant drug prices looks set to be sparked at a meeting in Geneva tomorrow.

Nation 15 Apr 2019 | 12:00 AM

Drastic cancer drug price drop to benefit patients

KUALA LUMPUR: The price of the costly trastuzumab, a breast cancer drug for HER2-positive patients has dropped by more than half in the tender to the Health Ministry, resulting in more patients expected to be treated in the ministry hospitals.

World 09 Mar 2019 | 5:19 AM

Prison authorities say they are investigating 'pharma bro' Shkreli

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said on Friday it was investigating former drug company executive Martin Shkreli's conduct in prison after the Wall Street Journal reported he was still helping run his old company using a contraband cellphone.

World 08 Mar 2019 | 3:41 PM

Dutch join backlash at expensive drugs by making their own

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - In a radiation-proof room at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, Emar Thomasa sits behind shielded glass as he carefully measures and mixes lutetium octreotate, an intravenous treatment for certain types of cancer.

Nation 27 Dec 2018 | 12:00 AM

Ban also meant to check teenage smoking activities

IPOH: There is a worrying trend of smoking among teenagers, and the smoking ban at all eateries starting from next month is one way to control the scourge, says Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

Nation 26 Dec 2018 | 4:30 AM

Legalise medical marijuana? Only if proven safe and effective

IPOH: The Health Ministry will only consider registering marijuana for medical use when there is evidence to show that it's effective and safe to use, says Dr Lee Boon Chye.

Nation 16 Nov 2018 | 12:00 AM

Ministry to help local drug firms

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has promised to look into the obstacles that are stacked against local generic drug and biosimilar producers.

Nation 11 Nov 2018 | 12:00 AM

A strong IP regime is critical for Malaysia

PHARMACEUTICAL companies have been accused of making slight modifications to their drugs to extend a patent life span.

Nation 11 Oct 2018 | 6:45 AM

Set up national cancer fund to reduce cost of treatment, says Klang MP

KUALA LUMPUR: Klang MP Charles Santiago has urged the government to set up a National Cancer Fund to alleviate the catastrophic cost of cancer treatment.

Nation 26 Aug 2018 | 12:00 AM

Patent barriers to affordable drug prices

The Government needs to look into removing patent barriers that contribute to high drug prices in the country before turning to social health insurance scheme (SHI) to finance the population’s rising healthcare cost, says Penang-based Third World Network (TWN).